The mother of Keaton Jones – the 11-year-old boy whose video recounting his bullying made him an overnight viral sensation — responded to critics accusing her of racism in an appearance on CBS This Morning on Tuesday.
Jones, a boy from Tennessee, went viral after his mother posted a heartbreaking video of him recounting his pain from bullying at his school.
The video was shared millions of times, prompting countless celebrities to express support for Jones — but naturally, the internet also did some digging, and found several photos of Keaton’s mother in photos with Confederate flags, leading many to accuse her of racism.
On CBS This Morning, Jones’s mother Kim described her response to the world’s reaction to her video.
“I knew that it could be great and I knew that it could be awful,” she said. “And it has been.”
Kim was then asked about the two photos with Confederate flags: one where she is holding the flag, and another, from her daughter’s Twitter, of a family photo with the flag.
“The only two photos on my entire planet that I am anywhere near a Confederate flag,” an emotional Kim Jones explained. “It was ironic, it was funny.”
“It didn’t have anything to do with racist intent?” a CBS News reporter asked.
“No, absolutely not,” she replied. “I’ve spent most of my life being bullied and judged because I wasn’t racist.”
CBS This Morning also spoke to Keaton, who said the video “made [him] feel like he had accomplished something.”
“Something that could actually change the world,” he said.
Watch above, via CBS News.
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